A Review of Chapter 7: "Criminal Psychopathy"
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The paper examines Chapter 7 titled "Criminal Psychopathy" in "Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach" by C.R. Bartol and A.M. Bartol, and explains what a psychopath is and then outlines the chapter's discussion on psychopathic traits and criminal psychopathy. The paper looks at the authors' treatment of juvenile psychopathy and how they examine the biological factors and social contributors linked to criminal psychopathy. The paper concludes that overall, the chapter provides an excellent overview of the topic, however, the authors could have spent more time discussing the psychosocial aspects of psychopathy and its development.
From the Paper:"Although the term 'psychopath' is one that individuals may use on a day-to-day basis to refer to someone they deem to be extraordinarily crazy or lacking in moral conscience, many people likely have very little knowledge of what actual psychopathy entails. The influence of the media and pop culture has likely made the term common, with many people linking the term to prolific serial killers or fictitious Hollywood characters displayed in horror films. In actuality, not all psychopaths are serial killers, and in reality, we probably know more psychopaths than we would expect. Psychopaths, by definition, are individuals who lack the moral conscience that most individuals have, and as such, they lack empathy, are selfish and manipulative and capable of some of humanity's most atrocious acts. Psychopaths do not have the ability to care for other people, and thus it is not upsetting to them when they cause harm to others. Simply being a psychopath, however, does not automatically render one a criminal, yet because the qualities of a psychopath lend themselves so well to criminal behavior, criminal psychopathy is one of the most studied topics among criminologists and forensic psychologists."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bartol, C.R. & Bartol, A.M. (2011). Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach, Ninth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Cite this Book Review:
A Review of Chapter 7: "Criminal Psychopathy" (2013, March 19) Retrieved January 24, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/a-review-of-chapter-7-criminal-psychopathy-152571/
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